LOS ANGELES, June 10, 2016 — Muhammad Ali’s public funeral was turned into a public spectacle today, as an interfaith event meant to show the peaceful side of Islam turned into an excuse to bash Israel. A supposedly apolitical event meant to unify us all became a Democratic Party pep rally. Not since Paul Wellstone’s funeral has such a serious event been turned into a global disgrace.
Leftist Rabbi Michael Lerner blasted the Israeli government and demanded a Palestinian state. Lerner’s remarks came only two days after Palestinian terrorists murdered four Jews in Israel. The crowd at Ali’s funeral wildly cheered Lerner. President Bill Clinton, who negotiated the Oslo peace process, clapped along. Oslo was where Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin agreed to surrender most of Israel to Yassir Arafat’s terrorist network in exchange for more terror.
Lerner’s remarks also came one night before the Jewish holiday of Shavuos, the celebration of God’s giving Jews the Torah (Old Testament). Without this development, there is no Islam. Lerner may not have learned this in rabbinical school.
When not bashing his fellow Jews, Lerner injected the 2016 election into his remarks. He had a couple of thinly veiled attacks against Donald Trump while publicly endorsing Hillary Clinton for president. Again, the crowd clapped wildly.
With far too many liberals, a lack of decency knows know bounds. With far too many liberals, bashing Israel is acceptable and encouraged. With far too many liberal Jews, this Jew-hatred is tolerated and in some cases even embraced.
The funeral was held in Ali’s hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville has plenty of great rabbis. Chabad of Kentucky would have provided a real message of unity, hope, love and peace. Instead, the Islamic community chose a self-loathing anti-Israel Jew to lambaste the only true democracy in the Middle East.
Ali’s death was sad, but so were those of the four innocent Israelis murdered by Palestinians. It is sad that a leftist Jew chose to honor him by dishonoring them.
It is sadder that an event meant to bring us all together provided religious bigotry’s anti-Semitism and ideological bigotry’s anti-Republicanism.
it is saddest of all that the crowd enthusiastically approved twin bigotries at an event meant to celebrate a man of peace.